COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging welcomes visitors of all ages to the Ohio State Fair on July 30, 2013. The department and its partners will show the world what it means to be a Golden Buckeye and live a life inspired by your age, not defined by it. Visitors to the Department's tent in the fairgrounds' Central Park area will be invited to sign the Golden Buckeye Pledge and promise to take steps to ensure that they are able to grow, thrive and contribute throughout the lifespan.
"More than 2.3 million residents age 60 or older and another two million baby boomers call Ohio home. Imagine the possibilities if we were able to fully unleash the potential of these Golden Buckeyes to strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life and living for our families and our neighbors," said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department. "No matter your age, there are choices you can make now to ensure a better, healthier and happier future."
To demonstrate ways that everyone can be Golden Buckeyes, the department and its partners in the aging network also will host flash mob demonstrations in various locations on the fairgrounds throughout the day. The unscheduled performances will demonstrate positive choices and point fairgoers to resources that can help them unleash their power.
"The Ohio State Fair is about timeless fun, and is the perfect event for Ohioans to enjoy themselves, regardless of their age," said State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. "Whether you are age eight or eighty, the Fair has something for everyone. This is a great opportunity for Ohioans of all ages to take part in the Fair in an exciting new way."
Organizations and individuals wishing to participate in the flash mobs can learn more by visiting www.facebook.com/events/169894606521078/. A Facebook account is not required to access information, but members can invite their friends and ask questions.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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